Mobilizing untapped potential of military veterans by creating meaningful work opportunities
At Amazon India, there has been a consistent focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in our workforce where unique perspectives are valued and welcomed. Over the years, several initiatives have been launched to help achieve our goal to create a truly balanced workforce. Some of the examples include our women-operated and owned delivery station in Chennai and Kadi, Gujarat; delivery partner stations run and managed by transgender individuals; silent delivery stations in Mumbai; and an all-women Virtual Customer Service (VCS) facility in Bengaluru.
Similarly, back in August 2019, Amazon India had launched a Military Veterans Employment program to create hundreds of opportunities for military veterans and their spouses across Amazon India’s fulfilment network, cross India. This was done in partnership the Army Welfare Placement Organization (AWPO) to create continued work opportunities for military veterans and their families across India.
Now, Amazon India is further strengthening its commitment to provide ex-service personnel with work opportunities across its growing operations network in India by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Directorate General Resettlement (DGR). This MoU with the DGR will further enable Amazon India to mobilize the untapped potential of veterans, giving it access to a greater talent pipeline.
We are humbled to work with the DGR and be able to share workspace with our veterans from the Army, Air force, Navy, and their families.
“We, at Amazon, are consistently working towards strengthening Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in our workforce where unique perspectives are valued and helps us grow. Our long-term vision for inclusivity is to develop a balanced workforce and this MoU is a significant step in that direction” said Swati Rustagi, HR Director, Amazon India Operations. She further added, “We are humbled to work with the DGR and be able to share workspace with our veterans from the Army, Air force, Navy, and their families. In alignment with Amazon’s global vision of hiring 25,000 military veterans by 2025, we will continue to hire remarkable talent and provide them with opportunities to leverage their strengths and capabilities in the future.”
Amazon India has already laid the groundwork in providing job opportunities to ex-servicemen of the armed forces. With the signing of this MoU, we look forward to working towards a common goal of creating meaningful career opportunities for a wider range of ex-service personnel.
Speaking about the MoU, Maj Gen MK Sagoch, Director General, DGR, said, “Our military veterans bring a wealth of experience, with huge growth potential in various industries and businesses. Amazon India has already laid the groundwork in providing job opportunities to ex-servicemen of the armed forces. With the signing of this MoU, we look forward to working towards a common goal of creating meaningful career opportunities for a wider range of ex-service personnel.”
Amazon already has several military veterans working across functions in its operations network in leadership and managerial roles. These include Transportation, Customer Fulfilment, Facilities Management, and Security Operations, among others.
Amazon is committed to the military community worldwide, with over 17500 military veterans and spouses actively engaged in the program worldwide. Some transformation programs such as AWS apprenticeship to Military Leaders Program have been successful testbeds to create meaningful career opportunities for military veterans.
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